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Will My Dry Eye Worsen Because Of Allergies?

Will My Dry Eye Worsen Because Of Allergies?

Created on: Thursday, March 19, 2020
See Clearly Vision

Ah, spring. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and you're sneezing. 

Allergy season is right around the corner. For those of us who suffer from allergies, it can be difficult to enjoy the beautiful springtime weather. This can be worsened if you have allergies and you suffer from dry eye syndrome!

Keep reading to find out what you can do if you have dry eyes and allergies and how to stay comfortable during allergy season!

Pollen can make your dry eye symptoms worse

close up of pollen
 
Every allergy sufferer's favorite pest, pollen, can make your dry eye symptoms worse. Part of the reason for this is because pollen is one of the most common allergens people are allergic to.

It's not a coincidence then, that if you have dry eye syndrome, your symptoms can feel exacerbated in the springtime. In the winter, there is far less pollen in the air and in the areas around you.

It's a different story altogether when it comes to the spring, as pollen is necessary to the reproduction of plants and flowers.

If you're allergic to pollen, it’s common to suffer from symptoms like watery eyes, the sniffles, a sore throat, headaches, and in some cases even asthma!

What can you do to tolerate allergy season with dry eyes?

There will always be pollen, just like there will always be allergy sufferers. So what can you do to make allergy season with dry eye less miserable? Thankfully, there are a few things that you can try this spring!

Protect your eyes when you go outside

Couple smiling
 
Sunglasses are important because they protect your eyes from the sun's UV rays. But for people that have seasonal allergies and dry eyes, sunglasses can help protect your eyes from stray particles, dust, and pollen!

The less your eyes are exposed to the things you're allergic to, the better.
 

Dust-proof your home

Girl Cleaning dresser
 
Have you been wondering when you should think about doing your spring cleaning? The answer is actually right now!

It may seem early, but doing this before allergy season even starts is your best course of action. When you do decide to do your spring cleaning, make sure you thoroughly dust-proof your home.

For people with allergies and dry eyes, dust is one of the worst irritants out there. Start by sweeping any hardwood floors that may have accumulated dust and debris over the winter.

Then, go room by room and clean as much as you can. The purpose here is to give dust nowhere to hide!

You may even want to consider vacuuming your furniture if you have fabric couches or chairs. If you have any curtains or drapes, make sure you vacuum them to get any dust off them as well.

Make sure to change any air filters if it's been three months or longer since you last changed them.
 
Now, take a deep breath!

Doesn't it feel easier to breathe already? You'll be in better shape for allergy season!

Keep track of pollen counts during allergy season

woman on phone
 
Living in a digital world, you have no excuse to not keep track of pollen counts during allergy season. This no longer means waking up early and watching the Weather Channel to find out how high the pollen is.

Instead, you can download an app from the Weather Channel right to your phone! The app includes a national pollen map, an animated three-day pollen forecast for tree pollen, grass, and weeds.

It also features pollen push alerts, so you can have your pollen alerts sent right to you, every day. Keeping track of the pollen count makes it easier to know when the pollen count is extremely high and helps allergy sufferers to take precautionary measures to stay comfortable.

This is important information that may affect what kinds of outdoor activities they take part in that day.

The foods you eat can help your dry eye symptoms

food on plate
 
Of course, those that have dry eye syndrome and allergies may need medication like antihistamines. But, it never hurts to eat healthily and improve your dry eye symptoms at the same time.

 If you want to help your eyes, consider adding the following foods to your diet:
 
●     Kale
●     Spinach
●     Salmon
●     Oysters
●     Tuna
●     Broccoli
●     Peanut butter
●     Oatmeal
●     Walnuts
●     Brussels sprouts
●     Cauliflower
●     Flaxseed

These foods are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to help relieve symptoms of dry eye syndrome.

Eating better and cutting out foods that are high in sugar as well as processed foods can also help reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a contributing factor for the development of dry eye.

See your eye doctor if dry eyes and allergies are overwhelming

girl sneezing
 
At the end of the day, changing your diet, eating healthier, and deep cleaning your house may only do so much. If you find that you've tried the above tips and they aren't helping enough, it’s time to see your eye doctor.

An eye care professional can help you come up with a treatment plan, especially if you have dry eye syndrome. For many patients with dry eye syndrome, it can take a combination of medications and lifestyle changes before their symptoms improve.

If you experience any vision changes or your eyes are bothering you, be sure to let your eye doctor know. The only way they can help you is if they know everything that is going on with your eyes.

Also, be sure to mention if you think you may have allergies. Some medications like antihistamines or prescription eye drops with preservatives in them can dry out eyes more.

Starting an open and honest dialogue with your eye doctor is your best plan for getting through allergy season with as little discomfort as possible!

Looking for an eye doctor that can help you manage your dry eye symptoms this allergy season? Schedule an appointment at See Clearly Vision in Rockville, Arlington, or Tysons Corner!

Now is the perfect time to prepare before allergy season begins!
Here Is Why You Should Consider Blade-Free LASIK

Here Is Why You Should Consider Blade-Free LASIK

Created on: Monday, February 24, 2020
See Clearly Vision

Do you wear glasses or contacts? If so, you may be wondering if there are better vision options available. For those that qualify, blade-free LASIK may be an option to reduce dependence on contact lenses and prescription eyewear. 

 
Did you know that LASIK is the most popular elective medical procedure available in the world? Keep reading to learn why you should consider getting blade-free LASIK for yourself!

Let’s start with how LASIK works

For those that are considering LASIK, it can sound like it's too good to be true. Visual freedom and saying goodbye to glasses and contacts for good sounds amazing! But what is LASIK, and how does it work?
 
LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is called a lamellar eye surgery because it's performed between the layers of corneal tissue. The basic premise of LASIK is that the procedure permanently reshapes the cornea and corrects refractive errors. 
 
Illustrated diagram of the LASIK process
 
This means that if you're nearsighted, farsighted, or suffer from astigmatism, these refractive errors can be corrected by LASIK. During LASIK surgery, the surgeon creates a small flap in the cornea. The flap is then lifted to allow access to the inner layers of the cornea. 
 
Blade-free LASIK is exactly what it sounds like; there are no blades used. Instead, there are two lasers (excimer and femtosecond) that perform the reshaping of the cornea. By using lasers instead of blades, LASIK patients achieve more precise results and heal more quickly from the procedure.
 
Now that we know a little more about how LASIK works, we can talk about why it's something you should consider to correct your vision! 

You can finance your LASIK procedure to fit your budget

Photo of a woman putting change into a piggy bank
 
One of the main reasons people hold off on getting LASIK is that they are worried about the cost. 
 
As an elective procedure, most insurance companies do not cover LASIK because it is not "medically necessary". If the idea of paying for LASIK in full sounds impossible, have no fear!
 
See Clearly Vision offers financing for our LASIK patients. We offer a 6 month same as cash plan or longer term financing with minimal interest. 
 
You can also look into financing through your local banking institution, or take advantage of an FSA or HSA if your employer offers them.

LASIK can save you money over time

Young woman trying on glasses at eye doctor's office
 
Although it seems crazy, did you know that getting LASIK can actually save you money over time? Here's how.
 
On average, most people spend about $500 every year on glasses, contacts, and accessories. $500 is just a base number, meaning that it's likely you could be spending a lot more than that. 
 
Think about how much you spend every month if you wear contact lenses. They get expensive very quickly! Even if you wear glasses, you're still likely spending a lot.  
 
Most people need to replace their glasses every two years. When you get new glasses, costs can get astronomical. You get anti-glare protection, you buy designer frames, or you decide you want to get a pair of prescription sunglasses to go along with your glasses. 
 
A new pair of glasses with all the bells and whistles can set you back $500-$700 without even trying. Wouldn't it be nice if you no longer had to worry about these expenses?
 
When you get LASIK, that's exactly what happens for many patients! LASIK permanently reshapes the cornea and corrects refractive errors. 
 
What would you do with an extra $500 every year?

If you have allergies, LASIK is better for your eyes

Woman suffering from allergies in field of flowers
 
We aren’t far away from cherry blossom season, but for allergy sufferers, it can be nothing but misery. Do watery eyes, stuffed up nose, and congestion sound familiar?
 
If you have allergies, wearing contact lenses during allergy season isn't doing your eyes any favors. Pollen likes to grab onto any available surface, including your contact lenses. Touching your eyes to place and remove your contact lenses can result in pollen getting into your eyes.
 
This can increase irritation and frustrating symptoms as your eyes react to the irritant. Why not break the cycle?
 
LASIK can be a fantastic option for patients that suffer from allergies, because they no longer need to touch their eyes as often.
 
Some people with allergies worry that LASIK will make their allergies worse because dry eye is a common side effect after having LASIK. It’s important to keep in mind that dry eye after LASIK is only temporary and usually goes away after a short period of time. 
 
If you are concerned about how your allergies could affect LASIK recovery, get the procedure well before allergy season. This will give you plenty of time to recover from the procedure. 

LASIK makes life easier

Woman reclining happily on couch
 
If you've worn glasses and contacts your whole life, you already know that they can be extremely frustrating. 
 
Working out with glasses on is terrible because the minute you start sweating, they begin sliding down your face. No one wants to be fiddling with their glasses while trying to get in the zone!
 
If you wear contact lenses, you run the risk of putting them in backwards or having one accidentally fall out. 
 
Imagine waking up every morning with clear vision. Have you ever wished you could roll out of bed in the morning and have ten extra minutes? You could make this your new reality thanks to LASIK! 
 
Like staying up late but hate having to remember to take out your contacts before you go to bed? No longer a problem after you get LASIK! 
 
It sounds pretty nice, right?  LASIK is an amazing, life-changing procedure because it makes so many things simpler for our patients. Sometimes it really is all about the little things!
 
Want to find out if LASIK could be right for you? Schedule a LASIK consultation at See Clearly Vision in Arlington, Rockville, or Tysons Corner now! 
 
What have you got to lose except for your dependence on glasses and contacts?
On the road: what our doctors have been up to!

On the road: what our doctors have been up to!

Created on: Friday, January 31, 2020
See Clearly Vision

Wondering what the eye doctors at See Clearly Vision have been up to? Our doctors are always busy, and lately we’ve been attending events locally and throughout the U.S. to share our knowledge and expertise on a range of common eye health issues. 

We want to give you a glimpse into some of the ways we’ve been engaging with our communities - keep reading for highlights from the last few months, along with some tips to keep your eyes healthy!

Dr. Katherine McCabe Spoke On The Importance Of Eye Health

Dr. Katherine McCabe Spoke On The Importance Of Eye Health
Like brushing your teeth or seeing your doctor for an annual physical, taking care of your eyes is another important part of staying healthy. One of the easiest things patients can do to keep up with their eye health is to see their eye doctor for regular eye exams. 

Think of eye exams as your defense against conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy! Having regular eye exams is the only way your eye doctor can see what's going on inside your eye and at the back of it. 

Regular eye exams and eye health are something that See Clearly Vision takes very seriously. Dr. Katherine McCabe recently spoke to the public at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, VA about the importance of eye health. She was an invited speaker by the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington.

What Can You Do To Prevent Blindness?

No matter how old you are, there are plenty of things that you can do to prevent blindness! The first step: healthy living. If you want to maintain a healthy vision at any age, take care of yourself. Follow some of these tips to stay healthy:
 
 
● Don't smoke. If you do smoke, quit. Smoking has been shown to lead to higher incidences of cataracts, dry eye syndrome, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma.Man breaking cigarette in half
 
● Eat a healthy diet. Stay away from processed and fried foods when possible, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. For your best vision, make sure to incorporate leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, and collard greens.
Smiling young woman preparing food in kitchen
 
● Stay active. If you want to be healthy at any age, you need to keep moving. A sedentary lifestyle is bad for your body, including your eyes. By exercising regularly, you can reduce your chances of developing problems that lead to eye diseases.
Woman stretching before run
 
● Keep your blood pressure under control. If you have high blood pressure, this can increase your risk of glaucoma. If you are a diabetic, it can also increase your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.
Man receiving blood pressure test
 
● Keep your eyes safe when you're in the sun. If you're outside, always wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays. The sun's rays can lead to the early development of cataracts.
 
● Attend regular eye exams. Depending on your age and overall health, attending regular eye exams every one to two years can help keep your eyes healthy and allow for the early detection of eye diseases. 
 

Dr. Katherine McCabe Discussed How Eyes Are Affected By Parkinson's Disease

There are many symptoms often associated with Parkison's Disease. Tremors, rigid muscles, speech changes, loss of automatic movements, and dementia are just a few of the many symptoms. 

Many people do not realize that Parkison's Disease often affects the eyes and visual system.  This could include dry eyes, double vision, or even the worsening of walking or balance issues. 

For some patients with Parkinson's, it could lead to hallucinations as well. Commonly, Parkinson's affects general mobility and an individual’s ability to get around. It can also impair the movement of the eyes. 

If a patient with Parkinson's has these symptoms, a doctor may prescribe corrective lenses or prisms, which are special lenses. 

For patients with Parkinson's Disease, it's important to feel heard. That's why Dr. Katherine McCabe spoke to the Parkinson's Monthly Meeting at Sherwood Regional Library in December about eye conditions in relation to Parkinson's. All patients deserve to feel like they are being heard and understood. 

When doctors like Dr. McCabe speak at these monthly meetings, they help to educate patients on common issues that may not be frequently discussed. 

World Keratoconus Day

On November 10th, we honored those who have keratoconus and raised awareness about this common eye condition. The day is about raising awareness of keratoconus, education, and advocating for those that live with it. 

Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory eye condition. With keratoconus, the cornea, which is normally dome-shaped, slowly becomes thinner and weakens over time.  

This year, Avedro, which provides the only FDA approved Collagen Cross-Linking device and drug for the United States, flew out one of See Clearly Vision’s patients to their headquarters in Boston! 

They were shown around town, got a meet and greet, and got the lay of the land. There was also a scheduled meeting at Avedro's headquarters in Boston, where two of See Clearly Vision's doctors, Christine Tagayun, M.D. and Rajesh Rajpal, M.D. (also the Chief Medical Officer for Avedro) joined in by conference call. 

The best part, of course, is that Dr. Christine Tagayun performed Collagen Cross-Linking on the patient. Collagen Cross-Linking halts the progression of keratoconus and corneal ectasia.

Corneal collagen cross-linking is a non-invasive procedure that combines ultraviolet light with the KXL System and Photexa riboflavin. This combination halts the changes that keratoconus and ectasia cause progressively. 

Corneal cross-linking is often most effective if it can occur before the cornea has become too irregularly shaped or before severe vision loss. 
 

Looking for ways to improve your eye health?

See Clearly Vision's doctors are always on the go. Whether they are at a speaking engagement or changing a patient's life, this is a tiny taste of the many things that we do to support eye health throughout our communities! 

Want to make your eye care a priority? Choose a world-class eye care practice and schedule an appointment at See Clearly Vision Arlington, Tysons Corner, or Rockville! 

Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams seeing more clearly after surgery to combat eye condition

Created on: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle, Brandon Williams, receives FDA approved collagen cross-linking treatment for both eyes due to his struggle with keratoconus. Performed by our very own Dr. Rajesh Rajpal, the treatment will help combat his condition to help him see clearly on the field. The Baltimore Sun shares his story:  

 http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-brandon-williams-eye-condition-0310-story.html

 

 

 

See Clearly Vision 2017 Winter Newsletter

Created on: Friday, December 08, 2017

 

 

 

Top 10 Questions about Corneal Cross-Linking

Top 10 Questions about Corneal Cross-Linking

Created on: Friday, November 03, 2017
Bryan Ross

Keratoconus is one of the most common corneal disorders in the U.S. today. In 2016, the FDA approved the corneal cross-linking procedure for progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia after refractive eye surgery. Our very own Dr. Dawn Williams wrote an article in Optometry Times answering the top 10 frequently asked questions about corneal cross-linking: 

 http://optometrytimes.modernmedicine.com/optometrytimes/news/top-10-questions-about-cross-linking

 

 

Introducing Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay, a Simple Solution for Near Vision Loss

Introducing Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay, a Simple Solution for Near Vision Loss

Created on: Monday, July 31, 2017
Jessica Alvarez

 

Raindrop Vision Procedure Designed for People Who Want to Reduce or Eliminate Reading Glasses Now Available at   See Clearly Vision

 

 

The all-new Raindrop ® Near Vision Inlay is designed to improve near vision so you can see fine print, menus and your phone without the hassle of reading glasses
 
 

Tysons, July 31, 2017 -- If you are at the age where you need reading glasses to see your phone or read a newspaper, menu, or computer screen, See Clearly has exciting news to share! We would like to introduce to you the new Raindrop procedure.

 

Raindrop is the world’s first inlay to change the shape of the cornea (the clear, front part of the eye) to improve near vision and it is designed to help reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. The outpatient procedure takes about 10 minutes and patients return to most of their daily activities the next day.



Raindrop is receiving a great deal of interest with the recent FDA approval in June of 2016. But how does it work? Who is it right for? We understand many people have questions about Raindrop, so here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

Who should consider the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay?

Age related loss of near vision or presbyopia is the condition that leaves many of us reaching for reading glasses in our 40’s and early 50’s. Anybody who needs reading glasses for daily tasks such as using mobile phones, reading a menu, fine print or doing close-up work may be a candidate.

What causes this condition?

Presbyopia, or age related loss of near vision, happens when your lens loses elasticity, making it difficult to change your focus to see objects up close. Everyone -- yes, everyone -- will eventually develop presbyopia.

How effective is the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay procedure?

Most people who have had the Raindrop implanted, see an improvement in their near vision by one week and it continues to improve for several weeks. Patients need to use eye drops for several months for comfort and healing.1

What is the inlay, exactly?

It is a tiny disc, about the size of a pinhead. It is comprised of approximately 80 percent water and is placed just beneath the surface of the eye. It works by gently changing the central curvature of the cornea, clear front part of the eye. 




How long does it take?

The procedure usually takes up to 10 minutes.

Is it painful?

Numbing drops are given for the procedure, but most patients do not experience any pain.

Does it have to be done with LASIK?

No, it is designed to be performed without LASIK. The procedure does require the use of an ophthalmic laser to create a LASIK-like flap just beneath the surface of the eye.

 

What is the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay made of?

It is a soft, biocompatible material, similar to a soft contact lens, which has similar properties and water content as the cornea.

Does it interfere with far vision?

One Raindrop Near Vision Inlay is placed in the cornea of the non-dominant eye. Both eyes work together to create one image. The near vision is improved in the Raindrop eye, while the distance is slightly affected.  With both eyes working together there is not a compromise for distance vision and patients still have a significant improvement in near vision.

Is it safe for the eye?

Extensive trials and usage show that it is safe. This was confirmed by the US FDA. Raindrop is bioengineered to facilitate the transport of nutrients and fluid to the eye.

Will people know I am wearing one?

 

No. It is transparent, so no one will realize there is a Raindrop in your eye. 



How does it work in low light?

Very well. Since Raindrop is transparent 99.7% of light passes through the inlay reaches the back of the eye where the image is processed.1 Raindrop offers patients good performance in all lighting conditions.

Can the inlay ever be removed?

Yes, the Raindrop can be removed and most patients go back to their vision before Raindrop.1

 

How can I find out more?

Short video of how Raindrop works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuVUlDICGmc

 

Find out if you are a candidate for Raindrop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGvA8AKF_Cw


For more information: the experts/surgical counselors at See Clearly Vision will be glad to answer any further questions [703-827-5454] or if you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us here: https://www.seeclearly.com/tysons-corner/contact-us.htm

 

1.       Raindrop Near Vison Inlay Prescribing Label, ReVision Optics, Inc.

 

Please see Professional Use Information and/or Patient Information Brochure for a complete list of Potential Risks, Warnings and Precautions. www.raindropinlay.com

 

 

 

Tales from Los Angeles

Tales from Los Angeles

Created on: Monday, July 10, 2017
Christina Appleman, COMT

During the first weekend in May, a very important event took place in Tinseltown. It wasn’t a movie premiere or a celebrity plugging their latest product. In fact, it was much more exciting! The annual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) meeting took place in Los Angeles. While there, our very own Dr. Rajesh Rajpal hosted an event on Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking.

An expert panel of doctors was assembled to discuss the science, implementation, and future of Collagen Cross-Linking. Collagen Cross-Linking is used to treat eyes with progressive keratoconus, a condition in which the normally round cornea thins and bulges outward into a cone shape. Cross-Linking can also be used in individuals who experience ectasia after refractive surgery. Ectasia occurs when the inner layers of the cornea become weak, causing the cornea to change shape, protrude forward, and distort vision.

As the Chief Medical Officer of Avedro, which has produced the only FDA approved Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking device in the United States, Dr. Rajpal hosted and moderated the Cross-Linking event co-sponsored by Avedro and the Cornea Society. It was noted during this event that since its approval approximately one year ago, there are 1,500 Cross-Linking systems in the U.S. and over 250,000 treatments have been performed. See Clearly Vision is proud to be one of the first and primary practices to conduct the clinical trials for approval of Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking. To learn more about Collagen Cross-Linking, please call 703-827-5454 to schedule an appointment today. 

To see the Los Angeles Cross-Linking symposium, CLICK HERE.

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TrueTear™ - The New Dry Eye Therapy

TrueTear™ - The New Dry Eye Therapy

Created on: Thursday, June 01, 2017
Bryan Ross

 Do you have dry eye issues? TrueTear™ could be the product for you!

We are excited to be the first practice in Northern Virginia to offer TrueTear™ by Allergan. TrueTear™ is an intranasal neurostimulating device that helps increase tear production for those suffering with dry eyes without having to apply eye drops or artificial tears. This new innovative product is the first FDA-approved device that will help patients produce their own natural tears. Interested in learning more about TrueTear™? Give us a call at (877)234-2020
 
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From Halloween to hospital? Avoid non-prescription costume contacts to save your sight! One teen’s cautionary tale, as seen on Good Morning America:

From Halloween to hospital? Avoid non-prescription costume contacts to save your sight! One teen’s cautionary tale, as seen on Good Morning America:

Created on: Friday, October 28, 2016
Bryan Ross

From Halloween to hospital? Avoid non-prescription costume contacts to save your sight! One teen’s cautionary tale, as seen on Good Morning America: http://bit.ly/1M2syhl

 

Using costume contacts to complete your Halloween look is great, as long as you have a prescription.

Using costume contacts to complete your Halloween look is great, as long as you have a prescription.

Created on: Monday, October 24, 2016
Bryan Ross

Using costume contacts to complete your Halloween look is great, as long as you have a prescription. Watch this video to learn what can happen if you don’t. http://bit.ly/1ByZhpA

 

Scratches, sores, infections…blindness. All of these can be caused by over-the-counter costume contacts.

Scratches, sores, infections…blindness. All of these can be caused by over-the-counter costume contacts.

Created on: Friday, October 07, 2016
Bryan Ross

 Scratches, sores, infections…blindness. All of these can be caused by over-the-counter costume contacts. Here’s why you need a prescription to make your eyes look like a zombie’s this Halloween: http://bit.ly/1KkMH0r

 

First FDA Approved Cross-Linking Procedures Are Performed on Patients in the U.S. with Progressive Keratoconus

First FDA Approved Cross-Linking Procedures Are Performed on Patients in the U.S. with Progressive Keratoconus

Created on: Friday, September 30, 2016
Bryan Ross

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First FDA Approved Cross-Linking Procedures Are Performed on Patients in the U.S. with Progressive Keratoconus

Avedro Shipping Photrexa® Viscous and Photrexa® to Ophthalmologists Nationwide

WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Avedro, Inc., an ophthalmic pharmaceutical and medical device company, is now shipping Photrexa Viscous and Photrexa, the drugs used in corneal cross-linking procedures with the KXL System. On April 15, 2016, Avedro received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Photrexa Viscous, Photrexa and the KXL System used in corneal collagen cross-linking for the treatment of progressive keratoconus. Subsequently on July 15, 2016, the company received U.S. FDA approval for the products’ second indication—for the treatment of corneal ectasia following refractive surgery.

“This is an exciting time in ophthalmology,” said Reza Zadno, PhD, recently appointed CEO for Avedro. “We are proud to announce that FDA approved cross-linking treatments are now a reality, and our Photrexa drug products are now available. Clinicians have already started to treat their patients in the U.S. who are suffering from progressive keratoconus or corneal ectasia.”

Rajesh Rajpal, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Avedro and a practicing cornea specialist at See Clearly Vision Group, added, “We were thrilled to treat our first patients after FDA approval last week in my practice. Avedro shipped the Photrexa products to over 50 locations in the U.S. over the last week, with more shipping each day, and practices are now treating patients. This marks a tremendous milestone and offers new hope to patients in the U.S., to help with their vision challenges and to treat these sight-threatening diseases.”

“Avedro’s product launch has been highly anticipated by the keratoconus community as patients can now receive the only FDA-approved cross-linking treatment available in the U.S.,” said Mary Prudden, Executive Director for the National Keratoconus Foundation. “The timing is ideal as we prepare for the first World Keratoconus Day taking place on November 10th.”

Corneal collagen cross-linking with Avedro’s Photrexa Viscous, Photrexa and the KXL system is the first and only cross-linking therapy approved by the FDA. Patients should consult their ophthalmologist to determine if corneal cross-linking is right for them. Patients and families can locate an ophthalmologist performing this procedure using the “Find a Physician” tool on Avedro’s website.

What are Photrexa Viscous and Photrexa?
PHOTREXA VISCOUS and PHOTREXA are photoenhancers indicated for use with the KXL System in corneal collagen cross-linking for the treatment of progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery.

Important Safety Information
In progressive keratoconus patients, the most common ocular adverse reactions were corneal opacity (haze), punctate keratitis, corneal striae, corneal epithelium defect, eye pain, reduced visual acuity, and blurred vision.

In corneal ectasia patients, the most common ocular adverse reactions were corneal opacity (haze), corneal epithelium defect, corneal striae, dry eye, eye pain, punctate keratitis, photophobia, reduced visual acuity, and blurred vision.

Ulcerative keratitis can occur, and patients should be monitored for resolution of epithelial defects. It is not known if CXL is safe and effective in pediatric patients below the age of 14 years.

Please see full Prescribing Information by clicking here: http://avedro.com/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/13597/

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

About Keratoconus
Keratoconus is a progressive thinning and distortion of the cornea. It is the most common corneal dystrophy in the US, affecting approximately one in every 2,000 Americans1or approximately 170,000 people in the US. Keratoconus causes the cornea to bulge from its normal symmetric domelike smooth optical shape, creating an abnormal curvature that changes the cornea's optics, producing blurred and distorted vision that is difficult to correct with spectacle lenses. This progressive thinning and weakening can result in significant visual loss and may lead to corneal transplants.

About Corneal Ectasia
Corneal ectasia, a non-inflammatory condition marked by progressive corneal steepening and thinning, is a rare but serious complication of vision correction procedures. The condition can begin within a week of surgery or after several years and is associated with worsening best-uncorrected visual acuity, an increase in ocular aberrations, and decreasing best-corrected distance visual acuity.

About Avedro, Inc.
Avedro is a privately held pharmaceutical and medical device company advancing the science and technology of corneal cross-linking and refractive correction.

Avedro’s Photrexa Viscous, Photrexa and KXL products are approved for sale in the United States for the treatment of progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery. Avedro’s products sold outside of the United States include capital equipment such as the UV-X devices, the KXL® and Mosaic™ Systems, and related proprietary pharmaceuticals such as the VibeX® and MedioCROSS® formulations. Avedro distributes its products in countries outside of the United States through a network of ophthalmic medical device distributors.

1 National Eye Institute (NEI). Facts About The Cornea and Corneal Disease. http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cornealdisease/#12

 

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Avedro, Inc.
David Iannetta, 1-844-528-3376
info@avedro.com
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First patient to have Collagen Cross-Linking after FDA approval.

First patient to have Collagen Cross-Linking after FDA approval.

Created on: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Bryan Ross

First patient to have Collagen Cross-Linking after FDA approval with Dr. Rajesh Rajpal.  Congratulations to Dr. Rajpal and the staff at See Clearly Vision!

 

 

What you should know about swimming and your eyes

What you should know about swimming and your eyes

Created on: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Bryan Ross

Whether you enjoy a leisurely dip in a hotel pool or compete in the Olympic 200 meter freestyle, you may be familiar with the stinging, burning and redness of “swimmer’s eye.” While swimming is a great form of exercise and a relaxing way to cool down, it can be hard on your eyes.....www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/swimming-contacts-your-eyes

 

New Collagen Cross-Linking Indication in US

New Collagen Cross-Linking Indication in US

Created on: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Bryan Ross

In this edition of EyewireTV, Dr. Rajesh Rajpal discusses the recent FDA approval for a second indication of Collagen Cross-Linking for the treatment of Corneal Ectasia following Refractive Surgery.  For further information and to watch the video, please visit:

eyewiretoday.com/tv/eyewiretv-tecnis-symfony-iol-fda-approved-new-cross-linking-indication-in-us/

 

Avedro Plots Future of Corneal Cross-Linking

Avedro Plots Future of Corneal Cross-Linking

Created on: Friday, July 08, 2016
Bryan Ross

Just about two weeks after getting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its corneal crosslinking platform, Avedro Chief Medical Officer Rajesh K. Raipal, MD, outlined the company’s next steps to advance its position in the crosslinking space during the Ophthalmology Innovations Showcase at OIS@ASCRS 2016.

http://ois.net/avedro-plots-future-of-corneal-cross-linking/

 

What you need to know about Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking

What you need to know about Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking

Created on: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Bryan Ross

April 18th, 2016 was a life-changing day for people living with keratoconus in the USA; corneal collagen crosslinking, the revolutionary treatment that's been performed in Europe since 1999, was finally approved by the FDA. Keratoconus affects as many as 1 in every 500 people, causing potentially severe vision loss.  But it's progression and causes are poorly understood. During the disease process, the cornea tissue thins and weakens, causing the cornea to prolapse forward like a steepening mountain.  The resulting warpage and associated scarring wrecks havoc on vision, often requiring severely invasive procedures like full thickness corneal transplant as the condition worsens. In corneal collagen crosslinking, the goal is to stop the progression of keratoconus while the damage is still mild and vision is still usable, long before more aggressive surgical interventions would be needed. Using riboflavin and UV light, doctors are able to strengthen the connections of the collagen fibers of the cornea so that they hold tighter and stronger together, locking the cornea in place. 

 
Because the procedure is so new here in the USA, most people living with keratoconus are being offered corneal crosslinking as a surgical option for the first time.  Confusion about the procedure and its possible outcomes abounds.  I interviewed Dr. Christine B. Wisecarver, an optometrist practicing at See Clearly Vision who manages the care of patients before and after corneal crosslinking surgery, and their surgical coordinator, Irina Price about what patients need to know before corneal crosslinking.


 
Who do you consider a good candidate for corneal collagen crosslinking? There has been a paradigm shift in the management of keratoconus patients. Patients with evidence of keratoconus should now be treated with collagen crosslinking as soon as possible. Once they have been cross linked, patients should be managed with spectacles and contact lenses as needed. Collagen crosslinking is currently FDA approved for the treatment of progressive keratoconus only. It is not currently covered by any insurance company, and much like refractive surgery, is considered at the discretion of the doctor. Candidates for crosslinking are patients who have been diagnosed with keratoconus and are cleared for crosslinking by their physician.

 
At what age would you consider treating a young patient with keratoconus that was advancing rapidly? Safety and efficacy has not been established in patients under the age of 14 years old.

 
What can a patient expect visually from the procedure? Crosslinking helps prevent progression of the disease. It does not reverse keratoconus, and is not a refractive procedure (meaning it will not correct a patient's vision). Some patients get a mild flattening effect as they heal, but this does not happen for every patient. All crosslinking patients are advised that if they are wearing specialty contact lenses before the procedure, they will likely need them following their treatment. Since the cornea will be changing in the first 6 months after the procedure, a new refraction and contact lens refit will be needed.
Corneal collagen crosslinking does not improve vision in keratoconus patients. The sole purpose of crosslinking is to halt the progressive steepening and thinning of the cornea. Having said that, it is currently the ONLY treatment that can reduce and ultimately halt the progression of the disease.

 
What can a patient expect of the procedure itself? The procedure is about 1 hour long with drops instilled every 2 minutes and UV light exposure to the cornea for 30 minutes. A bandage contact lens is then placed on the eye to allow the surface cells to heal. After 5 to 7 days, the bandage contact lens is removed. The healing time is very similar to PRK (except here patients get drops and UV light instead of laser). Patients may be uncomfortable for the first 3 days while the surface is healing. Antibiotic and steroid eye drops are used in the immediate post-operative period. Using a copious amount of preservative-free artificial tears can help to speed up the healing process.

 
How long after the procedure does it take to see results? Patients will likely not appreciate any visual result from treatment. The cornea usually stabilizes (i.e., curvature changes and prescription changes) by the 6 month mark. After that time, topography can be used to demonstrate that the procedure has helped to slow the progression of keratoconus.

 
Besides keratoconus, are there other conditions you would treat with corneal crosslinking? There is no current FDA approval for treatment with corneal crosslinking beyond that of progressive keratoconus. Off-label treatments for corneal disorders other than keratoconus (for example, corneal ectasia following refractive surgery), are at the discretion of the corneal specialist.

 
What do you see for the future using corneal crosslinking technology? Future indications for collagen crosslinking are currently being studied in the US and abroad. One possible indication is LASIK/PRK Xtra (crosslinking at the time of refractive surgery) to prevent post-refractive ectasia in higher risk patients like high myopes, young patients, and those with thin corneas. Additionally, surgeons are exploring targeted crosslinking where the aim is to achieve a visually improving refractive result in addition to preventing progression of keratoconus.  Combination treatments like these, and the use of crosslinking for patients at risk for corneal perforation are areas in which cross linking may play a role in the future.

 

 
 

 

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FDA Approval for Collagen Cross-Linking

FDA Approval for Collagen Cross-Linking

Created on: Saturday, May 28, 2016
See Clearly Vision

See Clearly Vision is proud to announce the FDA approval for Collagen Cross-Linking for progressive Keratoconus.  Since the induction of Collagen Cross-Linking in the United States, Dr. Rajesh Rajpal, Dr. Khoa Hoang, Dr. Christine Wisecarver, Dr. Dawn Williams and the staff at See Clearly Vision conducted rigorous clinical trials and have provided their expertise to lead the way for this highly anticipated procedure. We look forward to being one of the first in the industry to provide this groundbreaking treatment to progressive Keratoconus patients. 

Please visit the link http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160418006610/en/ for additional information about Collagen Cross-Linking.  To see if Collagen Cross-Linking can benefit you, please feel free to call us at (703) 827-5454 to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.

Dr. Rajesh Rajpal Selected As Ocular Surgery News\' Premier Surgeon 300

Dr. Rajesh Rajpal Selected As Ocular Surgery News' Premier Surgeon 300

Created on: Friday, May 27, 2016
See Clearly Vision

See Clearly vision is proud to announce that Rajesh K. Rajpal, M.D. has been named to the prestigious Ocular Surgery News’ Premier Surgeon 300 – an elite group of premium refractive cataract surgeons that prove to be innovators in the field.

What is a Premier Surgeon?  The Premier Surgeon 300 is a list of premium refractive cataract surgeons the editors and publisher have identified as leading innovators in the field of refractive cataract surgery. These surgeons work to educate their colleagues, innovate by developing novel technologies and techniques to advance the premium practice or perform a high volume of premium refractive cataract surgery.

To view the full Premier Surgeon 300 list click here.

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